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4:15PM - 28th Aug 2022

1950  |  82 mins  |  Classified PG

Directed by John Farrow.
With Robert Mitchum, Claude Rains, Faith Domergue and Maureen O’Sullivan.

SCREENING IN A SUPERB MINT CONDITION 35MM PRINT FROM THE NFSA!  Farrow’s extraordinary skill with actors and the minutiae of their performance creates two of the best characters in hisoeuvre:  Mitchum brings total conviction to his damaged, vulnerable character, and is a brilliant foil to Faith Domergue in her first major role and probably her career-best performance.  Domergue plays a psychotic woman on the run from a dangerously flawed marriage, who convinces a doctor to help her.  Most of the film takes place at night, beautifully photographed by Hollywood’s legendary noir cinematographer, Nicholas Musuraca.  The film’s intense focus on the evolving relationship of the two fugitives culminates in a riveting 8-minute take in a seedy hotel room where emotions explode and a breathtaking climax unfolds.  A sadly under-rated noir masterpiece, this film alone justifies a place for Farrow in the pantheon of great Hollywood auteurs.

Introduced by Special CIFF Guests:  Claude Gonzalez and Frans Vandenburg, directors of the Farrow documentary.


Frans Vandenburg and Claude Gonzales

Director/Producer: Frans Vandenburg (ASE) has extensive post-production and editing credits over some decades. Ranging from crafting performances by Jack Thompson, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis, Heath Ledger, and Raul Julia in iconic Australian and American films including Newsfront, My Brilliant Career, Blackrock, Romero to The Sum of Us; for which he was nominated for the AFI award for Best Editing; to documentary and television credits including Bangkok Hilton, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Murder Ballads and Sydney at War. He also has extensive experience in the restoration of classic movies and archival film research. Director/Producer: Claude Gonzalez is an award-winning director and producer who has worked in film and TV for many years – directing and producing documentaries, series, and commercials. Recent highlights include director of the series Meet the Mavericks, for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Direction, and Series Producer of Australia’s iconic film review series At the Movies. Claude is the director of the documentary Sydney at War, nominated for an IF award for Best Direction, and the Producer of the AACTA-winning documentary Global Haywire.